B.F.A. Student Maggie O'Keefe Studies at Chautauqua Institute

a painting of small houses in a row and a shadow on the ground

Amboy Motel (2017), oil, 20" x 24", detail.

July 27, 2018

Maggie O'Keefe (B.F.A. '19) is attending the highly competitive Visual Arts at Chautauqua Institution (VACI) program for two months this summer. According to Chautauqua's mission, "The School of Art offers serious young artists a chance to give themselves over to a sustained period of exploration. The emphasis is on a period of study in depth with a limited number of selected instructors and a close-knit group of students."

While in residence at the school, which offers instruction by established and widely recognized contemporary artists in the areas of painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, and ceramics, O'Keefe will focus specifically on her practice of drawing and painting. "Studying at Chautauqua this summer is important for me as a student and artist because I see it as the crucial time I need to focus on solely my work," she commented."

O'Keefe prepared her application this spring and was notified of her acceptance to VACI while studying at Cornell in Rome with Associate Professor Barry Perlus, art. Her application benefited from Perlus's mentorship and the help of a network that includes former instructors from the Mount Gretna School of Art, where O'Keefe completed an art residency program two years prior, as well as The Art Students League of New York where she is a member.

"I am very lucky to have the space, time, and facilities to do this and to meet peers who are likewise driven and focused on making work for a lifetime. I look forward to being part of a community where exchange is encouraged through the arts, humanities, and other disciplines," added O’Keefe.

By Edith Fikes

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